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Old Mar 5, 2008, 12:23 PM   #1
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I've been looking for a walk-around lens for quite sometimes now. Then found this Tamron 28-300mm f3.5-6.3 ASPH LD IF Macro XR. It's the older version of Di lens (I guess). It says work for minolta auto focus camera. I'm wondering if this will work on a Sony A100? Is it a good walk-around lens? Or should I just go for the 18-200mm? Thanks in advance.

http://www.pbase.com/cameras/tamron/af_28-300_35-63_xr
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Old Mar 5, 2008, 3:47 PM   #2
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I have the Tamron 28-300 and like it. It's a little big as a walk around, but certainly capable. Optics aren't great, nor are they on any super-zoom, but adequate. Definitely soft at the long end, but it's the only lens I have that can go to 300mm, so I can't really compare it to anything. Dyxum.com rates it significantly higher than the 18-200mm. I do wish it had a wider short end at 28mm, maybe the 18-250 is what you're looking for. It rates higher than both. Good luck, hope this helps.
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Old Mar 5, 2008, 7:38 PM   #3
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Is it heavy?

Will it work for Sony A100? I mean the non Di version. I'd like the 18-250, but for right now I don't wanna pay too much.
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It will work on the a100 and I don't find it too heavy. For a 300mm it's fairly short when not zoomed (is that a word?), so it feels pretty balanced. I'm shooting with a KM5D which is roughly the same weight as the a100, so I'm sure you'll feel the same. When fully zoomed it's quite a bit longer, but not overly top heavy. Hope that helps.
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Optics aren't as good as the 18-250 in which are much improved for a superzoom (in fact, very very good optics, and you can get it in Sony or Tamron) I have all three lenses.

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Heres a good link for any alpha owner regarding lenses:

http://www.dyxum.com/lenses/index.asp


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Old Apr 30, 2008, 1:30 PM   #7
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I heard there are some issues (caveats) with these lenses:

http://www.tamron.com/about/updates_minolta.asp

I was about to buythe Tamron28-200 lens but the dealer site specifically says this lens will not work with the on camera flash on Sony DSLR's.

Can anyone confirm this or know that this is not true?



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